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Gokhan Kul

3MT Presentation:

"Et tu, Brute?": Detecting Insider Attacks to Databases

PhD Program:

Computer Science and Engineering


Shambhu Upadhyaya and Oliver Kennedy


Gokhan Kul, originally from Ankara, Turkey, is currently a PhD student in the computer science and engineering program at UB. He received his undergraduate degree from TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Ankara and received his master's degree from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, where he studied computer engineering. His graduate research focuses on database systems security.

Kul currently works as a research assistant in OdinLab where he is developing a system to detect insider attacks via monitoring database user behavior. In addition to research, he sometimes writes and publishes critiques on fiction novels and plays guitar. After graduation, Kul aspires to remain in academia and further his research on database security.

What made you interested in your dissertation research topic?

I can say I have two reasons: First one is, I got motivated by the first ever computer security and digital forensics class. Second, I think there is a huge need for what I do. World has been rapidly changing for the past 20 years with technology. Now, terrorist organizations have access to very advanced devices and can gather intel from governments with cyber attacks and inside collaboration. It is very easy to commit internet fraud. I believe that what I do will make the world a safer place by preventing them to collect intelligence from government resources, and detecting people who steal information. It hurts the most is when we don't see a blow coming our way.

Why did you decide to attend UB for your PhD?

My master's degree thesis advisor recommended me to apply to UB since he thinks UB's computer science program is very strong and growing.

Name your favorite thing to do in Buffalo. What do you enjoy about that?


People watching at a cafe on Elmwood Avenue. It's just on the corner of Elmwood and Bidwell; the surrounding area is beautiful, people are happy, the scenery is always poetic.